IFOY AWARD 2016: Jungheinrich wins "Warehouse Truck highlifter" category

  • Jury of international trade journalists selects the 80-Volt narrow aisle stacker as the winner in the "Warehouse Truck highlifter" category.
  • Colourful IFOY Award ceremony for the "Intralogistics Oscar" at the CeMAT in Hannover.
  • Michael Pooley, President CHEP Europe, presents the prestigious IFOY trophy.

Hannover/ Unterföhring near Munich, May 31, 2016.   The IFOY Award in the category “Warehouse Truck highlifter" goes to the newly developed EKX 516 from Jungheinrich.

The name of the winner was a well-kept secret up to the last moment. Last Tuesday evening its identity was revealed at the CeMAT opening in Hannover, when Michael Pooley, President CHEP Europe, presented the metal and glass trophy to the delighted winners.

The key factor behind the decision is the extremely high degree of innovation as confirmed by the IFOY Innovation Check. In the words of the jury: "With the introduction of the new EKX 5 series, Jungheinrich has significantly raised the bar in the segment of high rack stackers." The main features of the man-up vehicle are the modular platform concept, the lightweight design, the use of a passive vibration damping system on a VNA truck for the first time, and the similarly new synchronous reluctance motor technology.

Jungheinrich launched the new EKX 80-volt highlifter in the spring of 2015. The truck lifts loads of up to 1,600 kg, these are 100 kg more than was previously the case in this segment thanks to the reduced weight of the lightweight cabin. The maximum lifting height is 0.5 metres higher than the predecessor model at 17.5 metres.

The truck is deployed exclusively in narrow aisles and can therefore be used both for the storage and removal of standard or box pallets as well as the picking of single items. The IFOY Innovation Check found that the electric VNA forklift is of high relevance both for order picking and three-sided operation in the warehouse itself as well as in the pre-storage area.

The new machine is the first warehouse truck equipped with a new motor technology developed for the intralogistics sector – the synchronous reluctance motor. These motors use the power generated by a changing magnetic resistance (reluctance), and roughly 93 percent of the energy is converted into output – thereby halving energy losses. By a comprehensive real-world trial comparing the predecessor model with the new EKX, the new EKX 516 was slightly more cost-efficient and ten percent more productive. Thanks to the improved energy efficiency, Jungheinrich is able to guarantee that the trucks can handle two-shift duty with just one battery charge without any problem. This renders spare batteries, changing stations, expensive tools and time-consuming personnel deployment unnecessary.

In addition, a new, patented system for the dampening of mast vibrations called "Floor Pro" enhances safety and improves vehicle handling. This paves the way for a 30 percent increase in speed, and the EKX and also permits the efficient use of the EKX on sub-quality floors that are not really suitable for the use of high rack stackers. The oscillation avoidance and cushioning feature was impressively demonstrated during the IFOY Test.  

The new EKX 516 has various modules for process optimisation in the warehouse to promote efficiency of use. These include warehouse navigation and RFID as well as height and distance measurement. In addition, the EKX boasts a Jungheinrich-typical professional and spacious cabin with well-arranged control panels and ample storage space for work and personal items.

Since 2013, the IFOY Award has become established as a benchmark for cost efficiency and innovation. Due to the specialised expertise it represents, it is seen as the most important innovation award in intralogistics.

The winners are selected once a year by an independent jury of leading international trade journalists. A neutral test and a scientific "Innovation Check" form the basis for assessment by the jury. Both test series compare the finalists with their respective competitors. The sponsor of the IFOY Award, presented under the patronage of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy, is the VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Sector Association. Official IFOY partner is CeMAT, the leading international trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover. IFOY pallet partner is Chep, the global market leader in pallet pooling. IFOY technology partner is the battery charging specialist Fronius.


Photo credits (IFOY Andre Baschlakow)

Winner: http://www.ifoy.org/en/press/press-photos/category/105-ifoy-2016

You can find printable photos in the press section at: http://www.ifoy.org

(ceremony photos from June 1, 2016: http://www.ifoy.org/presse/pressebilder/category/105-ifoy-2016)

IFOY-Logos: http://www.ifoy.org/en/press/press-photos/category/1-ifoy-logos

Download Case Study (free for publication): http://www.ifoy.org/en/ifoy-2016-en/nominations-2016/weasel


IFOY AWARD - All winners 2016

Category: Counter Balanced Truck up to 3.5 t

  • ECB18C, BYD (electric)

Category: Special Vehicle

  • EJQ 325, Jungheinrich (electric)

Category: Warehouse Truck highlifter

  • EKX 516, Jungheinrich (electric)

Category: Warehouse Truck lowlifter

  • RT 4020, Crown (electric)

Category: Intralogistics Solution 

  • SSI Schäfer implemented a inhouse-developed fleet solution with Weasel® driverless transport systems at the NextLevel Logistik GmbH company in Eltmann near Schweinfurt.



The International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) recognises the year's best materials handling equipment and intralogistics solutions. The aim of the organisation is to document the performance capability and innovative drive of the materials handling and intralogistics sector, helping to boost competitiveness and raise the profile of the entire intralogistics sector in the public arena. The winners of the IFOY Award are selected once a year by an independent jury of international trade journalists. The sponsor of the IFOY Award is the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association. Official partner is the leading international CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover. IFOY pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling, IFOY technology partner is the battery charging specialist Fronius.

The patron of the IFOY Award is the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Members of the jury: Vladimir Antonov, Editor-in-Chief of Sklad i Technika, (Russia), Snejina Badjeva, Editor-in-Chief of LOGISTIKA magazine (Bulgaria), Theo Egberts, IFOY tester and owner of Buro Andersom/Andersom Testing (Netherlands, without voting rights), Sven Bennühr, Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung (DVZ) (Germany), Thilo Jörgl, Editor-in-Chief of LOGISTIK HEUTE (Germany), Anders Karlsson, Editor-in-Chief of Transport & Logistik iDag (Sweden), Klaus Koch, Editor-in-Chief Logistik&Fördertechnik, Handel Heute (Switzerland), Allan Leibowitz, Editor-in-Chief forkliftaction.com (Australia), Valeria Lima de Azevedo Nammur, Publisher LOGWEB Magazin (Brazil), Glenn Lund, Editor-in-Chief of Moderne Transport (Norway), Peter MacLeod, Editor-in-Chief of SHD Magazine (England), Bernd Maienschein, Editor-in-Chief of MM Logistik (Germany), Marilena Matei, Editorial Manager of Tranzit and Tranzit Logistica (Romania), Anton Mizunov, Editor-in-Chief of Skladskoj Komplex (Logistics and Transport)(Russia), Maurizio Peruzzi, Editor-in-Chief of Il Giornale della Logistica (Italy), Isabel Rodrigo, Editor-in-Chief of Logística Profesional (Spain), Hans-Joachim Schlobach, Publisher-Editor and Editor-in-Chief of BUSINESS+LOGISTIC (Austria), Sascha Schmel, Managing Director of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association (without voting rights), Sabine Schulz-Rohde, Editor-in-Chief of Beschaffung aktuell (Germany), Sebastian Śliwieński, Editor-in-Chief of Warehouse Monitor (Poland), Heres Stad, Editor-in-Chief of Logistiek (Netherlands), Jarlath Sweeney, Editor-in-Chief of Fleet Transport (Ireland), Mats Udikas, Editor-in-Chief of Transportnytt (Sweden). Executive Jury Chairperson is Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and Managing Director of wuermser.communications. The headquarters of the IFOY Organisation are in Unterföhring near Munich.

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